Good data and cyber security is our shared responsibility.
Individual health and care organisations are accountable for their own cyber security. And all staff across the NHS have a role to play. Falling victim to cyber and security threats, including phishing, password theft, tailgating and social engineering, will have a direct impact on our patients.
There are simple steps we can take to protect ourselves from cyber threats and keep unauthorised people away from sensitive or confidential information such as patient data, health care records or details of our IT systems.
If it doesn’t feel right, report it.
"We work with patient identifiable data on a regular basis, and therefore it’s really important that any information we handle is kept secure. We have instituted regular emails to keep our team aware of best practice cyber security behaviours, and these small reminders are instrumental in helping us to protect patient data both offline and online. Small everyday changes such as ensuring screens are locked, keeping documents secure when staff are away from their workspace, and using encrypted devices are invaluable, and should be seen as integral to the daily life of all NHS staff in regards to patient confidentiality."
Marketing Manager & Equality Lead
"Good cyber security behaviours are regularly incorporated into the work that we do in our team. Working financial documents, information about our Trust or on computers with access to patient data makes you aware of how critical it is that these documents don’t get into the wrong hands. Things like locking your screen, or keeping passwords strong and secure are now so automatic that they’re like brushing your teeth."